Understanding site selection of for-profit educational management organization charter schools


  • Jin Lee University of Louisiana at Lafayette




for-profit, educational management organization, charter school, location


The rise of for-profit EMOs often becomes evidence of substantial shifts in the governance of education, through which schooling may become privatized and commercialized. This study is designed to understand the economic behavior of for-profit educational management organization charter schools, by focusing on their site selection decisions as a critical factor in making a profit. Using the locations of for-profit EMO charter schools in Michigan, the study examines determinants of the location decision on charter school markets, with the choice set of potential school districts. This research finds changes of the odds ratio in the percentage of for-profit EMO charter schools, logged expenditures per pupil, and in the proportions of African-American populations, populations who have experienced higher education, and unemployed populations. Provided that for-profit EMO charter schools make a site selection decision according to areas with certain characteristics, the spatial disparity of access to charter schools can raise issues concerning unequal educational opportunities.



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Author Biography

Jin Lee, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Jin Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her research focuses on school choice programs and urban school reforms. Her current work examines neighborhood effects on equity and access, including racial disproportionality in school discipline and local market responses to competitive environments. She has published journal articles in Journal of Education Policy, Education and Urban Society, and Geographical Research.




How to Cite

Lee, J. (2018). Understanding site selection of for-profit educational management organization charter schools. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 26, 77. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.26.3024